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School Nurse

Little Falls Community Schools Nursing Services aims to promote a healthy environment to support student well-being. Nurses at each school provide a collection of services including First Aid and Illness Management, Medication Management, Screenings (Vision, Hearing, Scoliosis), Immunization Management, and Individualized Health Plans.

First Aid and Illness Management

If your child stays home ill, please call their school daily to report their absence. If your child becomes ill during the school day, they should be assessed by Nursing Services and may be required to be sent home.

Medication Management

Preschool and Elementary

A prescription medication authorization form must be completed for ANY medication to be administered at school (this includes over the counter medications). This form is completed and signed by the student’s health care provider and is valid for the current school year. 

Middle School and High School

A prescription medication authorization form must be completed for any prescription medication to be administered at school. This form is completed and signed by the student’s health care provider and is valid for the current school year.


Vision, Hearing, and Scoliosis screenings are conducted each year for the grade levels as follows. All screenings are available to any student upon request.

Vision: Grades K-5, 7, and 10
Hearing: Grades K-5, 7, and 10
Scoliosis: Upon Request

Immunization Management

Please provide your child’s school with an updated immunization record annually and when your child receives a new immunization. The state of Minnesota requires all students to be up to date on their immunizations or provide proof of exemption due to medical reasons or parent/guardian’s belief. For more information on immunization requirements, please see the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.

Health Form

A confidential health form is to be completed annually for ALL students entering grades pre-K through 8, 9, and 11. Please submit your child’s health form to their building nurse. If your child has a critical health condition, an individualized health plan (IHP) may be created by nursing services to acknowledge and plan for your child’s health condition.

Confidential Health Form
Prescription Medication Authorization Form
Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization Form (Grades 6-12 Only)
Immunization/Exemption Form

School Nurse

Amy Amelsberg

School Nurse
School: 616-4204

Guidelines for Keeping Your Child Home from School

Parents often wonder whether or not they should send their child to school when they have a mild illness. Below you will find guidelines for keeping your child home due to illness. Please call your child’s school daily to report their absences.

  • Fever of 100°F or greater
    • They should stay home until 24 hours after their temperature has returned to normal (without the use of fever-reducing medications).
  • Vomiting or Diarrhea
    • They should stay home until 24 hours after the last episode.
  • Rash that might be disease related or unknown cause
    • Check with your primary care provider before sending student to school.
  • On antibiotics for any reason
    • Keep them at home until they’ve had a full 24 hours of medication.
  • Purulent (pus-like) eye drainage.
  • Symptoms of severe illness such as: unusual fatigue, uncontrolled cough, difficulty breathing.
  • Any illness in which your child is unable to participate and function properly in school.

If your child is ill, please call the school DAILY to report the illness.
If you have any questions about these guidelines, feel welcome to contact your family physician or your school nurse.

Return to School

See below for table of common childhood illnesses, their symptoms, incubation period and quick glance at when they can return to school.



Incubation Period

Student Should Stay Home

Pink Eye

Red, itchy eyes, pus-like drainage from eyes

1 to 3 days

no exclusion unless child has a fever or is unable to participate in routine activities

Influenza (Flu)

Fever, muscle aches, sore throat, cough, congestion, fatigue

1 to 3 days

Until 24 hours without fever and well enough to return to usual activities


Fever, sore throat, swollen glands, headache, fatigue

4 to 6 weeks

Until well enough to return to usual activities; Physician authorization for sports participation

Chicken Pox

Fever, itchy rash with red bumps, blisters, pustules and scabs

10 to 21 days

until all blisters have dried into scabs, usually 6 days after the rash began

Head Lice

Live crawling lice, nits (lice eggs)attached to hair shaft, itchy head and neck

7 to 10 days

 treatment recommended before returning to school


Body: Flat, round lesions that clear in the center and may have a raised border; Scalp: Round scaly patch with broken off hair shaft

Body: 4 to 10 days; Scalp: 10 to 14 days

Until 24 hours after treatment began


Skin lesions with yellow discharge that dries, crusts and sticks to the skin

1 to 10 days

Until 24 hours after treatment began

Strep Throat

Fever, sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting, sometimes a fine, red rash (scarlatina)

2 to 5 days

until 12 hours after starting antibiotic treatment and without fever for 24 hours